tack attack

n
British
a fit or bout of bad taste. A witticism based on tack and tacky heard among fashionable 'young professionals' and media circles in London in 1988 and 1989. (Rack attack and snack attack are other rhyming phrases.)
► Judging by the decor of his flat, I'd say he'd had a tack attack.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Attack — At*tack , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attacking}.] [F. attaquer, orig. another form of attacher to attack: cf. It. attacare to fasten, attack. See {Attach}, {Tack} a small nail.] 1. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tack — Tack, n. [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. t[=a]g a willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid, Armor. &… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tack of a flag — Tack Tack, n. [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. t[=a]g a willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid, Armor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tack pins — Tack Tack, n. [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. t[=a]g a willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid, Armor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attack — at·tack n: an attempt to prove something invalid or incorrect esp. through judicial procedures made an attack on the will as not properly witnessed; specif: an attempt to have the judgment of a court corrected or overruled collateral attack: an… …   Law dictionary

  • Attack — At*tack , v. i. To make an onset or attack. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attack — At*tack , n. [Cf. F. attaque.] 1. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; opposed to defense. [1913 Webster] 2. An assault upon one s feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attack — at•tack [[t]əˈtæk[/t]] v. t. 1) to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way, with or without a weapon; begin fighting with: The guard dog attacked the prowler[/ex] 2) mil to begin hostilities against; start an offensive against …   From formal English to slang

  • Attack — At|tack 〈[ətæ̣k] f.; , s; Mus.〉 lautes u. nachhaltiges Anspielen eines Tones, Anschwellen des Tones bis zur maximalen Tonstärke (beim Synthesizer) [engl., „Angriff, Attacke“] * * * At|tack [ə tæk], die; , s [engl. attack, eigtl. = Angriff <… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • attack — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) I n. assault, attack; seizure (See disease). v. t. assail, assault, attack; affect, influence. Ant., defense. II Violent assault Nouns 1. (human attack) attack; assault, assault and battery; onset,… …   English dictionary for students


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